Letters from our readers: Lake Merced property has value beyond guns 

As a founding member and past chair of the Lake Merced Task Force, I’d like to commend the SFPUC for its Watershed Master Plan. This thorough, fair-minded document raises the question of whether it makes long-term sense to continue the open shooting of guns in a city park.

What is not widely known is that the people of San Francisco subsidize this use. The shooting club members do not begin to pay for its real value. Their lease lets them rent public land back to the public to fund a private activity.

This is on 12 acres of extremely valuable lakefront land that’s only used 18 hours a week for shooting. Worse, one-third of it is an asphalt parking lot used mostly as overflow parking for golf tournaments. This land could serve the recreational needs of many more people than the small number who shoot guns.

Tim Colen, San Francisco

True traitors, thieves

Greece was the cradle of democracy, and now angry mobs want to lynch their government, shouting “thieves” and “traitors.”

In Greece, one in three has a government job and a goodly number are no-show jobs. Greece could teach the Italians a thing or two about tax-cheating. Who are Greece’s real thieves and traitors to principle?

Paul Burton, San Francisco

Fueling bully tactics

Narrow-minded San Francisco City Hall politicians and bureaucrats acted predictably by proposing a ridiculous Arizona boycott. But I was disappointed that Ken Garcia sang the same tune in his Friday column.

The sanctuary-city madness has been abused, increasing crime and draining tax revenue from local governments.

Canceling baseball’s All-Star Game in Arizona would only encourage powerful institutions to adopt similar tactics against smaller opponents for whatever they disagree with.

John Kasper, San Francisco

Putting landlords in bind

Every rental property is a potential “grow house” according to one of the many stealth provisions in the cannabis legalization initiative. This measure states, “Cultivation on leased or rented property may be subject to approval from the owner of the property.” It does not say “shall” or “must” — it says “may.”

If the cannabis legalization measure passes, marijuana might be legal in California, but federal law officers can still raid and jail cannabis growers and dealers. What about the liability of the innocent property owner who unknowingly rents to a cannabis grower and does not know there are plants on his property? Will the landlord have his property seized?

San Francisco and California are riddled with illegal “grow houses” that cultivate cannabis indoors with dangerous, illegal electrical hookups. Property owners beware.

Fiona McGregor, San Francisco

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